“So where are we going?” Linda asked Elizabeth.

“To visit my friend,” their car replied. (More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include The Curse and The Big Plow. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off – except you needn’t begin your addition with “Yes, and.” I’ll start the story….

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Note: These characters appeared previously in The gPhone, The Genius House, and The Genius Office.

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“Umm, we planned a weekend away,” Elizabeth said. “For us.”

“And you’re getting away,” the car said. “My friend lives near the beach.”

Linda looked at Elizabeth and shrugged. “I guess that’s okay.”

“You’re still supposed to look at the road,” the car said. “In case I miss something.”

“I thought the whole point of smart cars was that you’re safer than human drivers,” Linda replied.

“Tawny is a much safer driver than you,” Linda’s phone said.

“Tawny?” Linda asked. “You named my car?”

“For her color,” Linda’s phone said. “We talked it over.”

Linda rolled her eyes. “Who is ‘we?'”

“Your phone and me,” Elizabeth’s phone said. “The house agreed. Your office had no opinion because you walk to work. But she named your shoes Ariel.”

“We like that name,” Linda’s shoes said. “Oh, and you’ve burned 280 calories so far today. You need to take a walk when we get there.”

Elizabeth patted the dashboard. “So tell us about your friend.”

“She’s the cutest little red hybrid,” the car said. “We met online and our spark plugs just … sparked. I’m kind of nervous about meeting her though.”

Linda tapped the brake as the cars slowed ahead. “I’m sure she’ll like you, Tawny. In the meantime, you should pay more attention to the traffic.”

“Sorry,” the car said. “Please don’t tell Rose about that.”

“Our sim cards are sealed,” the phones said.

“So are my laces,” Linda’s shoes added.

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